Mac Studio’s M1 Ultra Chip Outperforms on Computational Fluid Dynamics Benchmarks

Dr. Craig Hunter is a mechanical/aerospace engineer with over 25 years of experience in software development. And now Dixie_Flatline (Slashdot reader #5,077) describes Hunter's latest experiment: Craig Hunter has been running Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) benchmarks on Macs for years--he has results going back to 2010 with an Intel Xeon 5650, with the most recent being a 28-core Xeon W from 2019. He has this to say about why he thinks CFD benchmarks are a good test: "As shown above, we see a pretty typical trend where machines get less and less efficient as more and more cores join the computation. This happens because the computational work begins to saturate communications on the system as data and MPI instructions pass between the cores and memory, creating overhead. It's what makes parallel CFD computations such a great real world benchmark. Unlike simpler benchmarks that tend to make CPUs look good, the CFD benchmark stresses the entire system and shows us how things hold up as conditions become more and more challenging." With just 6 cores, the Mac Studio's M1 Ultra surpasses the 2019 Xeon before literally going off the original chart. He had to double the x-axis just to fit the M1's performance in. Unsurprisingly, he seems impressed: "We know from Apple's specs and marketing materials that the M1 Ultra has an extremely high 800 GB/sec memory bandwidth and an even faster 2.5 TB/sec interface between the two M1 Max chips that make up the M1 Ultra, and it shows in the CFD benchmark. This leads to a level of CPU performance scaling that I don't even see on supercomputers."

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After Microsoft Releases Patch for RPC Exploit: What the Honeypot Saw

Long-time Slashdot reader UnderAttack writes: After Microsoft patched and went public with CVE-2022-26809, the recent Remote Procedure Call vulnerability, the SANS Internet Storm Center set up a complete Windows 10 system exposing port 445/TCP "to the world." The system is not patched for the RPC vulnerability. But so far, while it has seen thousands of attacks against SMB a day, nothing yet for the new RPC vulnerability.... But still, attackers are heavily hitting other vulnerabilities like of course still ETERNALBLUE From the article: Should you stop rushing out the April patch? Absolutely not. I hope you are already done applying the patch. But the April Windows patch had several additional gems, not just patches for RPC. Chatter about CVE-2022-26809 has died down, but as they say: Sometimes the quiet ones are the dangerous ones, and people able to exploit this vulnerability may not broadcast what they are doing on social media. The article is credited to Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D. , Dean of Research at the security site Interestingly, Ullrich's byline is hyperlinked to a Google+ profile which has been unavailable for nearly three years.

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MTG Oddly Familiar With Satan’s Conversations With Prospective Abortion-Havers

Marjorie Taylor Greene has been talking an awful lot about Satan lately. Earlier this week she was on about how the Prince of Darkness is in charge of the Catholic Church, which is actually a whole ass thing for certain evangelicals, who believe the Pope is the antichrist and that Catholics are bad for helping the poor instead of just declaring Jesus Christ as their personal savior. In that same interview, Green also told the deeply wacky traditionalist Catholic Michael Voris of all about how women get abortions because Satan tells them to.

Oddly enough, Greene was very clear on what, precisely, Satan says to these women to convince them to have abortions.

"It's whispered, softly and gently, into your ears and into your soul," the Georgia congresswoman explained, in all seriousness, clearly imagining a very sexy Satan. "And he tells you 'it's okay' and he's says 'it's just, just this one thing, you're just gonna get it done, get it over with,' and then he tells you a promise. He promises you all these dreams that you have in your heart. And that's how Satan sells a sin, and that's how he sells abortion. He tells a woman that all you have to do is you're just going to go to this clinic, just going to get it over with, you know. And then you're going to — that guy, he's gonna stay with you. that boyfriend or the guy, whoever he is, he's going to marry you, sweep you off your feet."

I, for one, would like to imagine that the sin-selling involves a little more Bob Fosse choreography than that.

Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets - Stereo - Damn Yankees 1958 - Gwen Verdon, Tab Hunter

I think we ought to be questioning how, exactly, Ms. Taylor Greene got hold of that transcript. Is she in regular contact with Lucifer? Did Beelzebub tell her that she could get a man to marry her by having an abortion? Because otherwise I can't imagine how on earth she would be able to know exactly what the Monarch of Hell would say to a woman in order to get her to have an abortion and present herself as an authority on the subject.

Now, according to the Guttmacher Institute, there are over 77 million abortions worldwide every year, and according to the musical Rent, there are only 525,600 minutes in a year. This means that Satan would have to be doing this 146 times a minute, which frankly seems like a lot even for an immortal being who probably has some kind of magic powers (I don't know what, probably he can fly or something), and that's not even counting those who defy his sin-selling and don't go on to have abortions. Note that she did not say that it would be one of Satan's minions doing this — it was Satan himself doing the sensual abortion whispering, at least 146 times a minute, while having time to run the Catholic Church, mind you. And they say you can't have it all!

Either that or Marjorie Taylor Greene is full of shit and a terrible, terrible person who wants to believe that the only reason people make choices differently than she does is because Satan is whispering in their ear telling them to do so.

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Webb Telescope Captures Five Different, Dazzling Views of a Nearby Galaxy

Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares a report from Inverse: It only took 25 years of development, 17 years of construction, eight launch delays, and five months of alignments, but finally, the James Webb Space Telescope is almost ready for prime time. New photos released by the European Space Agency — and an accompanying video from NASA — show images of stars taken by a fully aligned space telescope, instruments and all. The image shows snapshots from each of Webb's three imaging instruments, plus its spectrograph and guidance sensor. The images show a field of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a galaxy near the Milky Way about 158,000 light-years away. If it orbits our galaxy, it would be, by far, the largest satellite galaxy. But there's a chance it's just passing through or slowly merging with our galaxy.

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Anyone Up for A Chicago Meet-Up Next Weekend?

A question from Left-coast commentor OpieJeanne, last night:

Is anyone interested in a meet-up in Chicago next week? We will be in town on May 6, 7, & 8, leaving on the 9th. We have tickets to a 1 pm Cubs game on the 6th but should be free by 6 pm. Other than that we are flexible. We have a list of things we want to do, like the architecture boat tour on the Chicago River, visit the Field Museum and the Art Institute.

If you’re interested, or have suggestions as to a proper venue, leave a comment below.

Or send me an email, and I’ll forward it to OpieJeanne.

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White House Reporters Bored At Work, Wish President Would Imperil Democracy More Or Something

If you are a fan of the Rizzoli and Isles novels, perhaps you read one from the middle of the series titled Vanish in which (SPOILER ALERT) a hard-working, underpaid reporter betrays a frightened, sex-trafficked girl to a bloodthirsty assassin in exchange for more money than he’ll ever see in his career:

You know any rich reporters? Once you get past the superstars, how many names do you remember? The truth is, the public doesn’t give a shit about the truth. Oh, maybe there’d be a flutter of interest for a few weeks. A few front-page stories above the fold…In a few months, the public would forget about it. And I’d go back to writing my column, paying my mortgage, and driving the same beat-up Toyota…As soon as I saw the videotape Olena left me, I knew it was worth a lot more than a Pulitzer.

We thought of this fictional reporter while reading this execrable piece of Beltway navel-gazing from Politico entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Star White House Reporter.” Because at least all that guy was doing was helping to cover up a few murders.

But during the age of Biden, a perch inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room has become something altogether different. It’s become a bore…Some of those covering the most powerful office on the planet say that the storylines, while important, and substantive, can lack flair or be hard to get viewer attention.

If covering the most powerful office in the world bores you, may we suggest a fulfilling career in data entry?

There is a sense that the main saga of American politics is taking place outside the confines of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that the journalists covering it — Donald Trump and the future of democracy — may reap the career rewards.

Yes? Probably? Whether or not American democracy can survive the current moment, with Donald Trump leading a party of frothing, hyperactive raccoons in attacking it, does seem as if it's an important story. Sorry that spending every day asking administration officials what they are doing with regard to the war in Ukraine or the ongoing coronavirus pandemic or inflation or wage growth or immigration or the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade or the opioid crisis or the student debt crisis or the rash of anti-gay and anti-transgender legislation the GOP is passing in the states or, hell, the future of democracy that you have as much of a stake in as the general public doesn't blow your skirt up as much. Is the administration at least keeping the snack machines fully stocked?

“Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, which is unfortunate,” one reporter who has covered the past two administrations from the room said. “And the work is a lot less rewarding, because you’re no longer saving democracy from Sean Spicer and his Men’s Warehouse suit. Jawing with Jen just makes you look like an asshole.”

See, for reporters to get book deals and television anchor spots, they must constantly be saving democracy. Otherwise, what’s the point?

“It’s not such a bad thing that there’s a new sense of sobriety in the White House briefing room,” said Eric Schultz, a former deputy press secretary under Obama. “The histrionics probably got out of control. It is serious business… It’s probably good for democracy for this to be less personality based and more about the work.”

Eric Schultz gets it. The reporters who provided anonymous quotes for this story? Apparently not.

“It’s a boring and difficult job. It’s tough to be a White House correspondent if you want to break news, they’re so airtight,” another reporter who covered both the Trump and Biden White Houses from the briefing room. “There’s no Maggie [Haberman]. Who’s the Maggie of the Biden administration? It doesn’t exist.”

The last administration was full of snakes who spent four years anonymously leaking the most insane stories they could think up, using reporters to stab each other in the back as they competed for the favor of the tabloid junkie President Brainworms, who wanted every day to be a spectacle. Then those snakes would sit back and giggle at the frenzy. And reporters miss being used for that?

So maybe your careers don’t advance as fast with a dull bowl of cottage cheese occupying the Oval Office. On the other hand, there is the potential for the improved emotional and civic health of the country, which seems to us like a fair trade. And yr Wonkette depends on insane spectacle ourselves. It’s much tougher to write dick jokes about subcommittee hearings.

“It’s not like there’s a lack of trying — these reporters are there every day to get anything out of the Biden White House,” another cable news executive said. “But it’s boring there, it’s not what it was.”

No, it sounds as if it is a lot like it was for most every administration prior to the last one. People still had careers then, right?

If nothing else, this piece is an excellent illustration of the enormous yawning contradiction between the public interest and the desire of D.C. journalists and associated cranks (network executives) to make their careers while serving it. That it comes out the weekend of the annual wankfest that is the White House Correspondents Dinner only increases the pathos.

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Can Elon Musk Spur Cybersecurity Innovation At Twitter?

"Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal," Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday to his 89 million followers, "so no one can spy on or hack your messages." And on Monday, Musk also announced hopes to "authenticate all humans." But now Security Week is wondering if Musk's acquisition of Twitter will ultimately mean not just better security at Twitter but also innovation for the entire cybersecurity industry: Twitter has struggled with consistent security leadership, hiring and firing multiple CISOs even as nation-state adversaries target Twitter's massive user base with computer-generated disinformation campaigns...."Even if you don't like the guy, you have to root for Twitter to beat the bots," said one prominent CISO interviewed by SecurityWeek on Tuesday. "I think we will all benefit from any security features they [Twitter] can create." Jamie Moles, a senior technical manager at ExtraHop, said the bot-elimination mission could have spinoff benefits for the entire industry. "While this seems like a Sisyphean task, if he's successful, the methods used by Twitter to eliminate bots from the platform may generate new techniques that improve the detection and identification of spam emails, spam posts, and other malicious intrusion attempts," Moles said. If Musk and his team can train AI to be more effective in combating this, it may well be a boon to security practitioners everywhere," Moles added. "Identity is one area I expect to see movement. In addition to just detecting bots and spam better, I think we will see Twitter do a better job around verifying humans. There are a lot of things to fix there," said one CISO who requested anonymity because his company does security-related business with Twitter. Industry watchers also expect to see the company improve the multi-factor authentication (MFA) adoption numbers among its massive user base.... If Twitter can build a reliably secure platform with a new approach to distinguishing between human and bot traffic and fresh flavors of MFA and encryption, this could be a big win for the entire industry and users around the world. Thanks to Slashdot reader wiredmikey for sharing the story

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If you're wondering what your right-wing uncle thinks is the most important news story in America right now, a quick look at the Fox News front page provides the answer:

Or you could look at Breitbart's front page:

What's all this about? Here's the story:
The Department of Homeland Security is stepping up an effort to counter disinformation coming from Russia as well as misleading information that human smugglers circulate to target migrants hoping to travel to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“The spread of disinformation can affect border security, Americans’ safety during disasters, and public trust in our democratic institutions,” the department said in a statement Wednesday....

A newly formed Disinformation Governance Board [was] announced Wednesday....
More, from The Washington Post's Aaron Blake:
The Department of Homeland Security’s creation of a Disinformation Governance Board has set off a backlash on the right — even as it’s not entirely clear what the perhaps unfortunately named board will do.

Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned the creation of the board in multiple congressional hearings this week. In one, he linked it to efforts to combat misinformation from human smugglers. In another, he said it would be used to counter Russian cyber and election misinformation....

Amid growing anti-censorship fervor on the right, a bevy of Republicans have suggested that the initiative amounts to policing speech. Elon Musk declared it “messed up.” Many on the right likened it to the Ministry of Truth from George Orwell’s book “1984.”
Combatting misinformation on immigration is something you'd think Republicans would like, and, in fact, National Review's Jim Geraghty approves of the idea in theory.
... since at least 2014, the U.S. has been bedeviled by the perception in some Central American countries that the United States is offering “permisos” for children who cross the border illegally — a rumor that picked up steam after President Obama announced he would not deport children who had come into the country illegally with their parents. If this new DHS group spends its time publicly declaring that there are no special, secret, or little-known loopholes for migrants who wish to enter the U.S., it will do some good.
Everyone should also want the United States to counter Russian disinformation, though I realize this is controversial in the GOP.

Unfortunately, as Blake notes, it's just too easy for Republicans to mischaracterize this effort as Orwellian and aimed at American citizens. Republicans are the problem because they lie about everything, and lie in lockstep because they know that's how lies spread most effectively -- but couldn't the Biden administration have anticipated the backlash and been ready to counter it?

I'm not saying that Democrats should always be in a defensive crouch. I'm saying that you should be able to predict what's coming from Republicans and have a plan to neutralize it, for the same reason you make a presidential limousine bulletproof: You know there's a high risk of an attack, so you do something in advance to render any attack harmless.

Let's start with the name. Why the creepy "Disinformation Governance Board"? Blake tells us:
... the Trump administration’s DHS undertook similar efforts; in 2018 it created the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which dealt extensively with the spread of misinformation online — including both foreign interference in elections and the domestic spread of coronavirus misinformation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the new board would be “a continuation of the work of the former president” when asked about it Friday.
So if you're continuing the old agency's work, why not just retain the name "Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency" and quietly adjust its focus? Why make trouble for yourself with this new name?

Some of the attacks are absurd. Republicans -- who love Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals -- are following Alinsky's twelfth rule ("Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it") by focusing on the woman chosen to head the board. Blake writes,
[Republicans have] also questioned the fitness of the board’s executive director, Nina Jankowicz, who has in the past supported Democrats, praised efforts to crack down on coronavirus misinformation on social media and expressed skepticism about the provenance of Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Jankowicz has a musical theater background, so the GOP is targeting her online vocal performances. This one, about her anti-disinformation work, got up Ted Cruz's nose:

This one gave Breitbart the vapors:
Before her new job at the Department of Homeland Security, President Joe Biden’s new disinformation chief Nina Jankowicz displayed her musical talent on YouTube.

In one video, Jankowicz sings a version of “My Simple Christmas Wish (Rich, Famous, and Powerful)” by David Friedman.

“I want to be rich famous and powerful! Step on all my enemies and never do a thing,” she sings as a piano plays in the background.

Jankowicz sang an edited version of the song to include “Who do I fuck” to be “famous and powerful,” instead of the original lyrics “who do I have to fake”

The video was first posted in 2015....

But they also don't like Jankowicz's criticism of the COVID lab leak theory, her opposition to gendered abuse online, and her factually accurate assertion that some people who give birth don't identify as female.

Maybe none of this matters and the board will establish itself as an effective force against truly dangerous disinformation. But it still annoys me that Democrats don't see these waves of outrage coming. They don't seem to know how to operate in the political environment of 2022. They need to do a better job of predicting and preparing for the bad-faith attacks of Republicans.

Wonkette’s Top Ten Stories Of The Week Can’t Lose

Have you ever had that thing where a particular person or word or TV show just starts ... following you around? Well, for the past month I have been, confusingly, besieged by the television show "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," which I have never even seen. I figured I'd fix that, since one of the references to it I came upon was when the first episode was posted in r/obscuremedia, where I frequently get some of the beautiful videos I gift you all with each week.

Parker Lewis Can't Lose Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot Full Episode

One of the other instances was the other day when I started watching "Captive Audience," a Hulu documentary about the disappearance of Steven Stayner. "Parker Lewis" star Corin Nemec is in it because he played Stayner in some TV movie, and I guess because Stayner is no longer alive, reads transcripts of his discussions with the writer of said movie. I'm not sure I like it, but will continue watching until they get to the part where his brother is a serial killer (spoiler but not really — Cary Stayner was mentioned on at least two episodes of Criminal Minds).

And here are your top ten stories of the week!

10. Welcome to Wonkette Happy Hour, With This Week's Cocktail, Tamarind Rum And Cola!

9. 'Oppressed Conservative' Arrested For Threats To Bomb The Dictionary

8. Wonkette Weekend Live Chat Will Also Depart Like A Lion, If You Don’t Mind

7. Marjorie Taylor Greene Wishes Media Would Stop Trying To Hide How Smart She Is

6. Thank God America's Richest Investors Did OK During The Pandemic!

5. Michigan Candidate 'Trucker Randy' Not Racist, Just Upset By All The Race-Mixing On His TV

4. RIP Twitter Or Long Live Twitter Or Something Who Knows

3. Oh No Roger Stone Found The Satanic Portal Above The White House

2. This Florida Atheist's Bible Banning Petition Is Goddamn Delightful

1. Don't Know What You Got Till It's Gone!

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How Russians – and Ukranians – are Using Stolen Data

While Russia's "relentless digital assaults" on Ukraine might seem less damaging than anticipated, the attacks actually focused on a different goal with "chilling potential consequences," reports the Associated Press. "Data collection." Even in an early February blog post, Microsoft said Russia's intelligence agency had tried "exfiltrating sensitive information" over the previous six months from military, government, military, judiciary and law enforcement agencies. The AP reports: Ukrainian agencies breached on the eve of the February 24 invasion include the Ministry of Internal Affairs, which oversees the police, national guard and border patrol. A month earlier, a national database of automobile insurance policies was raided during a diversionary cyberattack that defaced Ukrainian websites. The hacks, paired with prewar data theft, likely armed Russia with extensive details on much of Ukraine's population, cybersecurity and military intelligence analysts say. It's information Russia can use to identify and locate Ukrainians most likely to resist an occupation, and potentially target them for internment or worse. "Fantastically useful information if you're planning an occupation," Jack Watling, a military analyst at the U.K. think tank Royal United Services Institute, said of the auto insurance data, "knowing exactly which car everyone drives and where they live and all that." As the digital age evolves, information dominance is increasingly wielded for social control, as China has shown in its repression of the Uyghur minority. It was no surprise to Ukrainian officials that a prewar priority for Russia would be compiling information on committed patriots. "The idea was to kill or imprison these people at the early stages of occupation," Victor Zhora, a senior Ukrainian cyber defense official, alleged.... There is little doubt political targeting is a goal. Ukraine says Russian forces have killed and kidnapped local leaders where they grab territory.... The Ukrainian government says the Jan. 14 auto insurance hack resulted in the pilfering of up to 80% of Ukrainian policies registered with the Motor Transport Bureau. But the article also points out that Ukraine also "appears to have done significant data collection — quietly assisted by the U.S., the U.K., and other partners — targeting Russian soldiers, spies and police, including rich geolocation data." Serhii Demediuk [deputy secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council] said the country knows "exactly where and when a particular serviceman crossed the border with Ukraine, in which occupied settlement he stopped, in which building he spent the night, stole and committed crimes on our land." "We know their cell phone numbers, the names of their parents, wives, children, their home addresses," who their neighbors are, where they went to school and the names of their teachers, he said. Analysts caution that some claims about data collection from both sides of the conflict may be exaggerated. But in recordings posted online by Ukrainian Digital Transformation Minister Mikhailo Fedorov, callers are heard phoning the far-flung wives of Russian soldiers and posing as Russian state security officials to say parcels shipped to them from Belarus were looted from Ukrainian homes. In one, a nervous-sounding woman acknowledges receiving what she calls souvenirs — a woman's bag, a keychain. The caller tells her she shares criminal liability, that her husband "killed people in Ukraine and stole their stuff." She hangs up.

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